Born in Jersey, mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop is a recent graduate of the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She holds a masters in performance with distinction from the Guildhall School and a BMus (hons) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Whilst at the Guildhall she was the winner of the Chartered Surveyors vocal competition and a recipient of an Opera Awards Foundation bursary. Other competition successes include 2nd prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition (2016) and finalist in Fulham Opera’s Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize (2017).
Described as ‘a performer with a strong vocal personality and stage presence’ (Opera magazine) Georgia has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of numerous roles on the operatic stage. Recent credits include Ulrica un ballo in maschera (Opera Holland Park YA), Filipyvena Eugene Onegin (Opera Loki), Mistress Quickly (cover) Falstaff (Garsington Opera), Zita Gianni Schicchi (Barbican Concert Hall), La Prieure Dialogues des Carmélites, Vera Boronel The Consul, Zenobia (cover) Radamisto (Guildhall Opera), title role Carmen, Ruth Pirates of Penzance (Dartington Opera), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas (Opera Lyrica), Cyrus Belshazzar (Trinity Laban Opera), Witch Hansel and Gretel (Guernsey Symphony Orchestra). Georgia has also performed as a part of the chorus with Grange Park Opera and British Youth Opera.
Georgia has worked on numerous contemporary works and given the premier performances of pieces at Borough New Music, Conway Hall, Wigmore Hall (Guildhall Voiceworks) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Current highlights include the role of Mother in Hugil & Wyld’s Chamber Opera The Gardeners, and workshopping the role of Emily in Philip Venables’ Opera 4.48 Psychosis whilst at the Guildhall.
Georgia made her Barbican Hall debut with the LSO as Alto Soloist in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and her Royal Festival Hall debut as the contralto soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya Symphony no.4 with the LPO. Other concert highlights include; Alto Rhapsody Brahms, Sea Pictures Elgar (Canterbury Symphony Orchestra), Alto semi-chorus soloist Elijah, (St John’s Smith Square), Folk Songs Berio, (South Bank Centre), Messa da Requiem Verdi, Messiah Handel, and The Apostles (Ely Cathedral).
Georgia has taken part in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender in the Wigmore Hall, excerpts of which were later played on radio BBC 3’s Music Matters, Dame Felicity Palmer, Amanda Roocroft and Dame Kiri te Kanawa.
Georgia was recently involved in Birmingham Opera Company’s production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk as a chorus mentor and leading workshops in their extensive outreach work.
Georgia is incredibly grateful to The Worshipful Company of Weavers, The Steel Charitable Trust, The One Foundation, The Paul Brown Charitable Trust, The Opera Awards, The John Lobb Trust, The John Hosier Trust and the Drapers Company who supported her during her studies.